Howard Bieck - February 15, 2011Howard Bieck, 88, of Giltner, died Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011, at St. Francis Medical Center.
Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m., Friday, Feb. 18 at the Harvard United Church of Christ. Pastor Dave Johnson will officiate. Interment will be in the Harvard Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Higby-McQuiston Mortuary in Aurora. The family will greet friends from 5 – 7. Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com.
Raymond “Howard” Bieck, son of Floyd and Ruby (Schueler) Bieck, was born on a farm near Harvard on July 17, 1922.
He attended “Hart” rural school through the 8th grade and graduated from Harvard High School in 1940. Soon after graduating Howard enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps Reserve during WW II, serving in the states and later in the reserves.
Howard was united in marriage to Doris Ann Spath on Nov. 27, 1946 in Mankato, Kansas. This union was blessed with three children: Neil, Earl and Nancy Ann. Howard farmed until his retirement. He loved his farming and animals.
Howard was a member of the Harvard Church of Christ since his rural church united with them. He served on the U.C.C. Church Council. Howard was baptized and confirmed at the First Evangelical Church in rural Harvard. Howard was a past Master Mason of the Mason’s Lodge of Giltner, until he demitted out when they combined with the Phillips Lodge. Howard served on the Giltner School Board and Rural Fire Department. He was a devoted husband and loving father. Howard especially doted on his grandchildren and great-grandchildren and followed all their activities.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Clyde, Robert and Romaine and three infant brothers, Gordon, Gerald and Vernon.
Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Doris of Giltner; three children, Neil (Nancy) Bieck of Aurora, Earl (Vickie) Bieck of Giltner and Nancy (Dave) Burson of Giltner; seven grandchildren, Travis (Stacy) Bieck of Giltner, Alena (Chris) Haun of Scottsbluff, Jessica (Matt) Gorr of Longmont, Colo., Courtney (Frank) Kimmel of Greenwood, Miss., Jennifer (Matt) Bebensee of Kearney, Trent Burson and Kassidi Burson both of Giltner; eight great-grandchildren and two sisters, Donna Davis of Hastings and Lois Plebanek of Fullerton.